35 Unique Bridal Bouquets

Never underestimate the impact of a stunning bridal bouquet.  Adding a pop of color and a style statement, a bouquet brings a seasonal, fresh, creative vibe to all weddings.  These blooms oftentimes bring all the event colors and elements together to complete the look.  At Warrenwood, we love to see how the bouquets changes with the season, style and setting of the wedding.  The thirty-five bridal bouquets pictured below will give you some inspiration and eye candy.

** Scroll over each photo for florist and photographer information.  Feature image by Lindsey McDonald Photography, Flowers by Carol Lynn Originals. **

Winter Burgundy Bridal Bouquet by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Keith & Melissa Photography
Winter Burgundy Bridal Bouquet by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Keith & Melissa Photography
White Bridal Bouquet with long ribbons, Photo by Leah Barry Photography
White Bridal Bouquet with long ribbons, Photo by Leah Barry Photography
Yellow tulip and greenery bouquet by Carol Lynn Originals, photo by Brandi Potter Photography
Yellow tulip and greenery bouquet by Carol Lynn Originals, photo by Brandi Potter Photography
Red, pink and white bridal bouquet by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Daring Tales of Darling Bones
Red, pink and white bridal bouquet by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Daring Tales of Darling Bones
Vibrant mixed bridal bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Ben Keeling Photography
Vibrant mixed bridal bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Ben Keeling Photography
Soft white and pink bridal bouquet by Stems LLC, Photo by Grant Aumiller Photography
Soft white and pink bridal bouquet by Stems LLC, Photo by Grant Aumiller Photography
Organic mixed bridal bouquet with pink and burgundy by Natural Endeavors, Photo by Amy Wallen Photography
Organic mixed bridal bouquet with pink and burgundy by Natural Endeavors, Photo by Amy Wallen Photography
Burgundy and greenery bridal bouquet by Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design, Photo by Hilly Photography
Burgundy and greenery bridal bouquet by Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design, Photo by Hilly Photography
Pastel spring bridal bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Pastel spring bridal bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Wildflower mixed bouquet by Meadowview Farm, Photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Wildflower mixed bouquet by Meadowview Farm, Photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Pink, peach and blue mixed bridal bouquet by Carol Smith Botanical Styles, Photo by Jessica Moore Photography
Pink, peach and blue mixed bridal bouquet by Carol Smith Botanical Styles, Photo by Jessica Moore Photography
Pink, ivory and blush bridal bouquet with eucalyptus by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Meghan Thomas Photography
Pink, ivory and blush bridal bouquet with eucalyptus by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Meghan Thomas Photography
Fall dried bridal bouquet, photo by Erin Trimble Photography
Fall dried bridal bouquet, photo by Erin Trimble Photography
Pastel bridal bouquet with pink and peach garden roses, anemones and dusty miller by DC Blooms, Photo by Legacy Art Photography and Videography
Pastel bridal bouquet with pink and peach garden roses, anemones and dusty miller by DC Blooms, Photo by Legacy Art Photography and Videography
White and yellow summer bridal bouquet, photo by Daring Tales of Darling Bones
White and yellow summer bridal bouquet, photo by Daring Tales of Darling Bones
Coral, peach and white rustic country bridal bouquet, Photo by Rainwater Photography
Coral, peach and white rustic country bridal bouquet, Photo by Rainwater Photography
Tight white and pink bridal bouquet by Ellis Florists, photo by Emily Wakin Photography
Tight white and pink bridal bouquet by Ellis Florists, photo by Emily Wakin Photography
Cascade bridal bouquet with white roses by Ellis Florist, Photo by Becky Willard Photography
Cascade bridal bouquet with white roses by Ellis Florist, Photo by Becky Willard Photography
Organic peach, white and soft green bridal bouquet by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Brandi Potter Photography
Ivory and pink airy organic bridal bouquet by Warrenwood Manor, photo by Kaylie Plummer Photography
Ivory and pink airy organic bridal bouquet by Warrenwood Manor, photo by Kaylie Plummer Photography
Garden rose bouquet, blush and red bridal bouquet by Wild Roots, Photo by Blessed Bee Photography
Garden rose bouquet, blush and red bridal bouquet by Wild Roots, Photo by Blessed Bee Photography
Classic tight ivory mixed bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Honey Heart Photography
Classic tight ivory mixed bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Honey Heart Photography
Ivory and red loose organic bridal bouquet by Carol Lynn Originals , Photo by Lindsey McDonald Photography
Pastel mixed bridal bouquet, photo by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography
Classic winter white, red and blue bridal bouquet, photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Classic winter white, red and blue bridal bouquet, photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Vibrant pink, coral and ivory mixed bridal bouquet with roses, lisianthus, dusty miller, hydrangea, chrysanthemum and peonies by Jessica Byers, photo by Lace Heart Photography
Vibrant pink, coral and ivory mixed bridal bouquet with roses, lisianthus, dusty miller, hydrangea, chrysanthemum and peonies by Jessica Byers, photo by Lace Heart Photography
Organic greenery bridal bouquet with eucalyptus and herbs, photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Organic greenery bridal bouquet with eucalyptus and herbs, photo by Cassie Lopez Photography
Purple and Ivory cascading bridal bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Hilly Photography
Purple and Ivory cascading bridal bouquet by Doug Smith Designs, Photo by Hilly Photography
Vintage glam ivory bridal bouquet by Patriot Petals, Photo by Melissa G Photography
Vintage glam ivory bridal bouquet by Patriot Petals, Photo by Melissa G Photography
Pink and mixed greenery garden bridal bouquet by Molly's Flowers, Photo by Kristin Vermilya
Pink and mixed greenery garden bridal bouquet by Molly's Flowers, Photo by Kristin Vermilya
White, pink and blue rustic vintage bridal bouquet, photo by Honey Heart Photography
White, pink and blue rustic vintage bridal bouquet, photo by Honey Heart Photography
Vibrant Summer Mixed Bouquet by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Josephine May Photography
Vibrant Summer Mixed Bouquet by Fields in Bloom, Photo by Josephine May Photography
Soft pastel pink, blush and ivory with eucalyptus bridal bouquet by Swan's Landing, Photo by Christy Lee Photography
Soft pastel pink, blush and ivory with eucalyptus bridal bouquet by Swan's Landing, Photo by Christy Lee Photography
Pink peony and rose bridal bouquet by Stems LLC, Photo by Hilly Photography
Pink peony bridal bouquet by Stems LLC, Photo by Hilly Photography

A Navy & Lavender Summer Wedding | Kaylyn + Ethan

Kaylyn and Ethan’s wedding day was filled with southern class and rustic charm.  They opted for a barn ceremony followed by a reception in the house and on the back porch.  It was a beautiful summer day with every event detail planned out just the way they wanted it.

Vendors:

Ivory laser cut wedding invitations
Bourbon barrel with greenery arrangement and welcome sign
Silver wedding rings
Bridal party getting ready in chambray shirts and bright shorts
Bride getting ready for wedding
Strapeless sweetheart cut wedding dress with long train
Cascade bridal bouquet of ivory and green
Strapeless wedding dress with long train
Bride in Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Bride in Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Bridal party dressed in light purple at Kentucky farm wedding
Stunning traditional estate wedding in Kentucky
Bridal party dressed in light purple at Kentucky estate wedding
Small simple bridesmaid bouquet
Bride with cascading bouquet and long train dress
Classic southern bride at Kentucky Estate wedding
Dapper groom in navy and white
Groom's wedding accessories
Classic southern groom in navy blue during Kentucky farm wedding
Dapper, southern, traditional groom and groomsmen in navy, brown and white
First look between bride & groom
First look between bride & groom
Classic traditional southern bride & groom
Ivory & navy wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Ivory & navy wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Southern traditional farm wedding
Southern traditional farm wedding
White, navy blue and lavender wedding party
White, navy blue and lavender wedding party
Wedding barn on Kentucky farm
Cellphone free wedding ceremony sign
Aisle flowers- baby's breath and ribbon
Rustic barn ceremony setup
Wedding alter with rustic table, tree stumps and greenery arrangements at barn wedding
Floral wedding programs
Flower girl with fluffy dress
Bride & Father of Bride enter southern rustic wedding ceremony
Groom awaiting Bride at alter
Bride & Father of Bride enter southern rustic wedding ceremony
Classic rustic barn wedding ceremony
Classic rustic barn wedding ceremony
Classic rustic barn wedding ceremony
Southern wedding at historic Warrenwood Manor
Green, white and navy wedding in rustic barn
Green, white and navy wedding in rustic barn
Green, white and navy wedding
Traditional southern summer wedding
Ivory and blush cascading bridal bouquet
Traditional southern summer wedding
Traditional southern summer wedding in rustic barn
Personalized event napkins
Sign with wedding timeline
Rustic table assignment sign for outdoor southern wedding
Yard games at outdoor summer wedding reception
Classic traditional tablescape with ivory rosette table linen
Ourdoor wedding recpetion tablescape with runner, lantern and florals
Flower-covered three-tier cake
White cake with large roses and gold accents
Bride & groom's first dance at classic southern summer wedding

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

Wedding Centerpiece Inspiration

Get inspiration from a gallery of different floral centerpieces
Get inspiration from a gallery of different floral centerpieces

You’ve come to the right spot if you need some inspiration for how to dress up your wedding reception tables with floral centerpieces. Here we round up some of our favorite looks from Warrenwood Manor weddings. You’ll see different styles, different budgets, different seasons, and different florists.  Enjoy!

*Feature image by Daring Tales of Darling Bones & flowers by Fields in Bloom

Pink, peach, white & coral floral centerpiece in wooden box. Ben Keeling Photography, Doug Smith Events
Pink, peach, white & coral floral centerpiece in wooden box. Ben Keeling Photography, Doug Smith Events
Pink, peach, white & coral floral centerpiece in wooden box. Ben Keeling Photography, Doug Smith Events
Traditional centerpiece, white & green, in silver pitcher. Emily Wakin Photography
Traditional centerpiece, white, green & peach , in silver pitcher. Emily Wakin Photography
Fall wedding, gold compote centerpiece with white, blush and burgundy. Hilly Photography. Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design
Fall wedding, gold compote centerpiece with white, blush and burgundy. Hilly Photography. Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design
Greenery garland on blush linen with gold accents at head table. Hilly Photography. Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design.
Bud vases on wood slice for cocktail table centerpiece. Cassie Lopez Photography.
Peach & coral garden roses in wooden box for banquet table centerpiece. Cassie Lopez Photography. Doug Smith Events.
white, rose gold and coral glam floral centerpiece. Keith & Melissa Photography. Stems, LLC.
Rustic wildflower centerpiece on sage linen. Grant Aumiller Photography
Minimalist centerpiece, greenery only, eucalyptus. Cassie Lopez Photography
White, red and pink floral centerpiece, rustic glam. Photo by Daring Tales of Darling Bones
Vintage centerpieces with old books, bud vases and crochet doily. Hazelfield Farm. Erin Trimble Photography.
Vintage centerpieces with old books, bud vases and crochet doily. Hazelfield Farm. Erin Trimble Photography.
Greenery garland with pink blooms and gold accents down banquet table. Doug Smith Designs & Events. Honey Heart Photography.
Clear & purple bud vases with white & purple booms centerpiece. Doug Smith Designs & Events. Hilly Photography.
Simple wooden box centerpiece. Doug Smith Designs & Events. Hilly Photography.
Vibrant centerpiece with pink & orange flowers in ball mason jar. Fields in Bloom. Josephine May Photography.
Greenery garland with pink blooms and gold accents down banquet table. Doug Smith Designs & Events. Honey Heart Photography.
Vintage vibes centerpiece with white lantern and soft florals. Christy Lee Photography. Swan's Landing Flowers.
Vintage vibes tablescape with soft florals. Christy Lee Photography. Swan's Landing Flowers.
Aqua, navy & gold tablescape. DIY Flowers. Sarah Katherine Davis Photography.
Spring pastel floral centerpiece in mason jar. Purple, pink & white. Honey Heart Photography.
Simple centerpiece with bud vases and candlesticks. Leah Berry Photography.
Eucalyptuc garland on runner down banquet table. Meghan Thomas Photography.
Simple lantern centerpiece with eucalyptus. Meghan Thomas Photography.
Vibrant tablescape with cobalt blue, pink and white. Jessica Moore Photography.
Unique floral arrangement in wooden box, great texture & color, Photography by Jessica Moore.
Simple summer tablescape. Burlap runner with bud vases. Cassie Lopez Photography. Meadowview Flower Farm.
Bourbon barrel candle holder centerpiece on banquet table. Emily Wakin Photography.
Rustic centerpiece, yellow and white flowers in jar on wood slice. Daring Tales of Darling Bones Photography.
Rustic centerpiece, yellow and white flowers in jar on wood slice. Daring Tales of Darling Bones Photography.
Pink & ivory tablescape by Bryant's Rent All and Stems LLC. Photo by Keith & Melissa Photography
White and soft pink floral centerpiece with eucalyptus. Kaylie Plummer Photography.
White and soft pink floral centerpiece with eucalyptus. Kaylie Plummer Photography.
Garden inspired floral compote centerpiece. purple, green, burgundy and white. Stems LLC. Keith & Melissa Photography.
Rustic country mason jar centerpiece, burlap runner and wood slice. Rainwater Photography
Refined rustic tablescape with lanterns and copper vessels. Bryant's Rent-All, Stems LLC and Keith & Melissa Photography.

Navy Blue & Yellow Summer Wedding | Kate & Eric

Rustic Elegant Summer Wedding

Kate was the definition of an easy going bride. From the moment she booked Warrenwood Manor as her wedding venue she had everything under control. I absolutely loved working with these two Centre College grads and enjoyed every second of their rustic elegant summer wedding. From holding the wedding ceremony in the house to all of the navy blue and yellow details, I think you’ll love the timeless selections for this wedding too! Oh and make sure you look through ALL the pics! The very last one is one of my all time favorite!

Photography: Daring Tales of Darling Bones

 

Warrenwood Manor, Kentucky Farm Wedding Venue

Bride Getting Ready in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Bridal Party getting ready in black tights and monogrammed button-down
Getting Ready images from summer Warrenwood Manor wedding.\
Getting Ready images from summer Warrenwood Manor wedding.\
Getting Ready images from summer Warrenwood Manor wedding.\
Bride on the stairs of historic home
Sweetheart cut a-line wedding dress
Bride at Warrenwood Manor with strapeless dress and updo
Bridal portrait in Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Bridesmaids dressed in Navy one-shoulder dresses at summer Warrenwood wedding
Bridesmaids dressed in Navy one-shoulder dresses at summer Warrenwood wedding
Bridesmaids dressed in Navy one-shoulder dresses at summer Warrenwood wedding
Summer bridal bouquet of yellow, white & green
Summer bridal bouquet of yellow, white & green
Summer bridal bouquet of yellow, white & green
Bride & Groom in historic Kentucky mansion
Craftsmen style glass doors in grooms quarters of wedding venue
Groom in old style bathroom of Warrenwood Manor
Navy Suit for Groomsmen at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue
Navy Suit for Groomsmen at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue
Bride & Father of Bride enter wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Classic navy & yellow summer wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom against old wallpaper
Bride & Groom during old home wedding in Kentucky
Wedding Party dressed in navy in front of old Kentucky mansion, summer farm wedding
Classic Summer Kentucky Farm Wedding
Reception barn in Danville, KY at Warrenwood Manor
Reception barn in Danville, KY at Warrenwood Manor
Simple rustic centerpiece at Warrenwood barn reception
Cute lemonade stand for drink station at wedding reception
Yellow and white rustic centerpiece
Entry table at barn wedding, yellow & white
Tree guestbook at Warrenwood Manor summer wedding
Classic rustic barn wedding reception at Warrenwood Manor
Wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Ivory naked layered cake with blueberries and blackberries on a wood slab with a wood cake topper
Ivory Naked layered cake with blueberries and blackberries on a wood slab with a wood cake topper
Wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Kentucky Wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Kentucky Farm Wedding at Warrenwood Manor, green pasture
Sunset photos with bride & groom at Warrenwood Manor
Classic outdoor photos of bride & groom during central kentucky farm wedding
Classic outdoor photos of bride & groom during central kentucky farm wedding
Classic outdoor photos of bride & groom during central kentucky farm wedding
Sunset photos of couple during summer Kentucky farm wedding
rustic barn reception at Warrenwood Manor
Kentucky summer barn reception
Southern estate wedding in Kentucky

Wedding vendors

Photography: Daring Tales of Darling Bones

Catering:  City Barbeque

Cake: Laura Clay

Cupcakes: Sweets by Cindy

Rentals: Matt’s Rentals

DJ: Dayton Mobile DJ

 

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Timeless & Traditional Summer Wedding| Callie + Joseph

Handmade details and lots of sweet helpers made this traditional summer wedding extra special! Callie did an excellent job of planning out all the details and working with vendors, but Joseph also pitched in! As you look through these images you’ll see Joseph’s handy work in many places. He made the arbor under which they were wed, he made beautiful lanterns and even centerpieces! All of these special elements come together to create the perfect timeless summer wedding at Warrenwood Manor!

Vendors

Sweetheart cut mermaid wedding dress
Traditional bridal accessories with wedding invitation
Traditional bridal accessories
Bridal party getting ready in monogrammed button-downs
Ivory and pink bridal bouquet
Sweetheart cut mermaid wedding dress with pearls and a belt
Ivory and pink flowers with wedding rings
Traditional tight bridal bouquet in ivory and pink
Timeless and traditional bride during Kentucky farm wedding
Bridesmaids in navy lace and chiffon dresses for outdoor summer wedding
Bride in front of Kentucky historic gothic revival home
Summer wedding on farm estate in Danville, Kentucky
Traditional yet casual bridal party
Flower girls in white dresses with navy belt
Flower girls in white dresses with navy belt at Kentucky farm wedding
Flower girls in white dresses with navy belt at Kentucky farm wedding
Dapper ring bearer in khaki vest, white shirt and pink bow tie
Wedding in historic home built in 1856
Dapper southern groom accessories
Groom readying for wedding at Warrenwood Manor in Danville, KY
Dapper southern groomsmen in khaki, blue and pink for outdoor summer wedding
Groom in khaki, white and pink for timeless and traditional wedding
Groom at Kentucky farm estate wedding
Dapper southern groomsmen in khaki, blue and pink for outdoor summer wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Bride & Groom portrait at timeless and traditional Warrenwod Manor wedding
Southern traditional wedding party at Kentucky estate wedding
Navy, Pink and Khaki Southern traditional wedding party at Kentucky estate wedding
Outdoor wedding backdrop with brick cottage, arch, greenery and candles
Table for wedding unity ceremony
Traditional wedding program on fan
Hydrangea on chair aisles
Bride & Father of the Bride enter outdoor wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Father of the Bride enter outdoor wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Father of the Bride enter outdoor wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Backyard summer wedding ceremony
Backyard summer wedding ceremony
Backyard summer wedding ceremony with greenery-covered arch and ferns
Traditional southern outdoor wedding in Central Kentucky
Traditional southern outdoor wedding in Central Kentucky
Ivory floral arrangement for light soft table setting
Timeless and traditional wedding table
Small floral arrangements on blush cocktail tables
Bourbon barrel centerpiece on navy table linen
Formal wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor
Wedding reception in historic Kentucky home
Ivory florals and greenery centerpiece in silver pitcher
Ivory and blush flowers in wooden box for wedding reception centerpiece
Classic wedding reception in old house in Danville, KY
First dance at Warrenwood Manor wedding
First dance at Warrenwood Manor wedding
Cake cutting during traditional outdoor wedding reception
Silver monogram cake topper

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Bridesmaid Dresses Made Easy

I’m pretty sure that 9 out of 10 bridesmaids hate their bridesmaid dress.  That’s right, they hate it and say terrible things about it, but grin and go with it to appease the Bride.  (I totally made that statistic up, but I’m pretty sure it’s legit.)  Everyone has a different style.  Everyone has a different body type.  And everyone likes different colors.  It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s just the way it is.  Luckily there are a few things every bride can do to be considerate of their bridesmaids’ wishes. And the good news is, I hear more and more brides talking about how they want to let their bridesmaids select their own style or color within a few options!

It can be a tall order to find a bridesmaid dress that is both affordable and universally flattering.  You want your bridesmaids to look and feel beautiful as well as fit within the vision you have for your wedding day.  There are several ways to go about selecting bridesmaids’ dresses and a multitude of places to buy them.  See below for some suggestions on both topics.

General considerations

First and foremost, decide how much input you want from others on the dress selection.  There is a continuum of positions you can take, all the way from taking total control to giving your bridesmaids total freedom.  You’ll probably want to be somewhere between these two.  If you get input from others make sure they consider your event as a whole instead of just the dress.  Share event design pins and describe the venue and vibe so they can make educated suggestions.  It can also be helpful to narrow your search to a few options then ask for input.   Know that a consensus may be difficult to reach when you get the input of your bridesmaids.

Be practical and rational as you narrow your search.  Your bridesmaids’ dresses should go with the look and feel of the rest of your event.  Refer to your event color palette, flower selections and venue details for inspiration.  Consider the activities, weather, venue/setting, schedule and event vibe as you decide of the length, color, fabric and style of the dress.  For example, if you’re have a summer wedding choose light-weight, airy fabrics and a short length dress.  As another example, have your bridesmaids wear wedges or flats and a short dress if you will be in the grass, walking on uneven surfaces or climbing stairs much.  You want your bridesmaids to be comfortable and their dress to be hassle-free.

The bride who knows what she wants

Some brides know exactly what they want their bridesmaids to wear, and that is totally fine.  It actually makes it easier for those of us who are indecisive and aim to please, but just aren’t sure how. For your wedding day you will want to make choices based on what you want to see in your wedding pictures for years to come, but please don’t make your favorite girls in the world pay for or wear something you wouldn’t want to pay for and wear yourself. So ask yourself:

  • Would I wear this dress?
  • Would I wear this dress more than once?
  • Is this dress style and color going to look good on each of my bridesmaids?
  • Would I mind spending this much money on a dress if I were a bridesmaid?
  • Would I be comfortable in this dress throughout this event?

Navy bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Grant Aumiller PhotographyCoral bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Rainwater PhotographyTeal bridesmiad dresses, photo by Melissa G Photographynavy one shoulder bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Daring Tales of Darling Bones

The bride who wants to give her bridesmaids some freedom

If you want to give your bridesmaids some freedom with their dress selection you can let them select the color/pattern, cut/style, fabric, sleeve length and/or skirt length of their dress.  You can give them complete freedom or give them some parameters.

Same Color – Different Styles

This is a great option if you have a lot of different body types among your bridal party.  Everyone can find a flattering style that they feel good in.  Be sure to be as specific as you can in order to get the color that you want.  There are a million shades of pink and saying light pink, for example, may not be enough detail.  Companies like J. Crew, David’s Bridal, The Dessy Group and Two Birds offer lots of options to mix styles with the same color.  Ordering through one of these companies will ensure everyone matches.

Burgundy bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Cassie Lopez PhotographyLilac Purple Bridesmaid Dresses, Photo by Becky WillardLight blue bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Becky WillardBurgundy bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Darling Tales of Darling Bones

Same Style – Different Colors

For a more eclectic look, you can go with the same style dress for all of your bridesmaids only in different colors.  You can let them choose what color from your color palette they prefer or you can assign colors.  It is usually best to have all different colors or a balance of a few colors.  For example, two two red and two blue or alternating colors in the processional line. This provides balance to your photos.  I have also seen brides choose to have their bridesmaids all wear the same color expect for the maid of honor.

Blush and seafoam bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Erin Trimble PhotographySame Dress Different Color bridesmaid dresses Same Dress Different Color bridesmaid dresses - two pieces Same dress different color bridesmaid dresses

Different Styles – Different Colors

To give your bridesmaids a little more creative authority, you can ask them to wear a dress of their choosing in a particular color or color palette.  This will give an eclectic look, but allows for each of your bridesmaids to choose something within their price range in a style and cut they like.  Chic Vintage Brides provides some addition inspiration and Brides.com gives some rules for pulling off a mismatch look.

mismatch bridesmaid dresses, Photo by Ben Keeling PhotographyMismatch Bridesmaid Dresses, Photo by Hilly Photography

Vibrant Mismatch Bridesmaid Dresses, Photo by Christy Lee PhotographyMismatch Bridesmaid Dresses, Photo by Leah Barry Photography

Final Thoughts

No matter what you decide on for bridesmaid dresses consider these final reminders.

  • Many bridesmaid dresses will require alterations.  These can be pricey so factor in an additional $50 on top of the dress purchase price for the cost of alterations.
  • Bridesmaids will also need jewelry and shoes.  Since expenses add up for bridesmaids, think about giving your bridesmaids jewelry to wear if you have something specific in mind.  As for shoes, let them wear what works for them.  Matching shoes can look great, but be very uncomfortable for some people.  Blistered or swollen feet could keep a bridesmaid from dancing the night away with you.
  • If price is your main concern you could consider renting dresses.  This Oprah article discusses several dress rental vendors.  In particular,  we like Union Station, Rent the Runway and Vow to be Chic because they offer variety and convenience.  Union Station and Vow to be Chic even offer the option to try the dress before you rent it.
  • Don’t forget to consider undergarments.  When considering dress options think about what undergarments would be needed to make a dress look good and whether that will work with your bridesmaids’ body types.  Make sure all of your bridesmaids have what they need.  It sounds trivial, but no one wants to see bra straps or striped underwear.
  • Order your bridesmaid dresses at least 6 months before your wedding.  This allows for shipping and alterations.  It also leaves time for shoe and jewelry shopping.
  • If you don’t give directions on an element of the bridesmaids’ look, don’t be surprised or event upset when something doesn’t look as you had anticipated.  Encourage your maids to run their final look by you before the big day.

Ultimately, you want your bridesmaids to be comfortable, feel beautifully themselves and create a cohesive look with your event.

Throwback: The 1970’s at Warrenwood Manor

Today we’re taking a break from centerpieces, wedding cakes and color palettes to reflect on how far Warrenwood has come over the years.  We always talk about how we started restoring Warrenwood in 2014, but really the effort began long before we came along [like a long time before I was even born :)]  Let’s throw it back to the 1970’s.

This old house has gone through phases of glory and then vacancy with a corresponding roller coaster of restoration and dilapidation.  On April 4, 1976 The Kentucky Advocate Newspaper published an in depth story of one such restoration of Warrenwood in their Sunday edition.  It tells the story of how the H.C. Abbott family saved this historic house in the mid 1970’s.  You can see photos from 1973 where the house is need of major structural repairs.  Then you can read about the completed renovations.  This article, written by Brenda S. Edwards, celebrates every detail of Warrenwood.  It is amazing to see how different, yet the same, the property was over 30 years ago.

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Within a year of this article, Warrenwood was added to the National Register of Historic Places alongside two other homes in Danville, the Mound Cottage and the Helm-Gentry House.  The below photos were taken by Mary Cronan Oppel on behalf of the Kentucky Heritage Commission as a part of a Kentucky Survey of Historic Places and accompanied Warrenwood’s application to the National Register.  The Federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966 required states to make a record of their historic properties and these photos were taken to inventory Warrenwood’s property.  The first thing I think when looking at these images is, “Where are all the trees?”.  I bet it was much easier to care for this minimal landscaping as opposed to our tree-lined drive and flower-filled beds.  In the background of some of the images you can see at least two barns that aren’t around anymore.  If you have been to Warrenwood you will be able to pick out countless changes made since these images where taken, but the grand essence of the property remains intact.  We hope to continue to restore Warrenwood so that people can enjoy it for many, many years to come.

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A Refined Organic Wedding: Stacey + Christian

Warm Organic Color Palette

This refined organic September wedding at Warrenwood Manor was…so fun!  Believe me when I say that not all weddings are as laid back and fun as Stacey and Christian’s wedding.  I guess that is what happens when you are celebrating the marriage of two really GOOD and funny people!  Stacey and Christian held their ceremony in the barn and their reception in and around the house.  Their day had a touch of traditional with warm earthy elements creating a natural, organic feel.  The locally grown, farm fresh flowers provided by their family gave the event spaces a special touch of character and charm.  See for yourself!

Vendors

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A Classic Rustic Wedding: Abby + Joe

Abby and Joe tied the knot at Warrenwood Manor in August of 2015.  It was a classic event with a touch of rustic flair.  They opted for an outdoor ceremony in front of the cottage.  The aisle was lined with pink and ivory floral arrangements atop wooden stumps while the cottage was decked out with garland and two huge hydrangea arrangements.  To top if off, they provided shade for their guests with canvas umbrellas.  It was stunning!  The reception took place in the house and on the back patio.  Even after a little rain, it was a beautiful evening.  Abby and Joe are the sweetest couple and we were so happy to be a party of their special day!

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The D.I.Y. Dilemma

Weddings are complicated.  I know we’ve said it a million times, but it’s still true and until you have planned one you probably have no idea how much goes into this single day.  As a guest, you show up, have a good time then go home.  As a host, you plan for a year then work your tail off to make it a success.  Along the way you have to make the decision over and over again as to whether to do something yourself (D.I.Y.) or hire someone to complete the task for you.  The food, flowers, favors, photos and so much more can either be put on your to-do list, the list of family and friends or handed over to a hired professional.  Here are some considerations and cautions to think about as you decide who will do what for your event.

D.I.Y. Considerations

I’m sure you or someone close to you CAN do all the tasks associated with hosting a wedding.  That isn’t the question.  Instead, the question is whether you WANT or NEED to do it yourself.  It may be less expensive to do things yourself, but it does come at a cost.  I have seen first-hand the stress, exhaustion and sometimes even disappointment associated with doing everything yourself.  You and your guests should be able to enjoy your wedding day with as little stress as possible.  This is why I suggest hiring wedding professionals for as many tasks as you can.

Professionals in the wedding industry exist for a reason.  They offer a valuable service and must be good at what they do for their business to survive.  The product of an experienced and well trained vendor is usually higher quality, more reliable and less hassle than that of D.I.Y.ers.  Paid vendors can advise you on what choices you have based on your budget, venue, season and style so you can make educated decisions.  Their established supply chain can also provide more options or better prices for certain items.  You can trust that wedding professionals will provide what you ask for, when you ask for it.  That being said, there are still low risk tasks that you can delegate to family and friends.

If you’re thinking about asking a friend or family member to do something for your wedding be sure to consider the skills required, the scale of job and the importance of the outcome.  Match each task with those who have the skills, facilities, time and resources to do the job.

D.I.Y. Cautions

Somehow everything ends up being more complicated and taking longer than you thought it would.  Beware that when you do something yourself there may be last minute costs and stresses due to your lack experience.  Be realistic with your time and talents so that you don’t have to deal with the cost to fix a problem or repair damages.

You and everyone around you will want you to be happy with your wedding day, but unpaid helpers also have their own interests to consider.  They may not be as prompt, particular and professional as paid vendors who are passionate about their work and business.  If you decide to have a friend or family member do a task traditionally done by a professional, you may need to be flexible and adjust your expectations.

Show appreciation for your wedding helpers regardless of how much or how little you have asked of them.  I’m sure they aren’t helping you for a gift, but your helpers should feel appropriately appreciated.  You never want a friend or family member to feel used or annoyed by your lack of consideration for their time and energy.  Be sure to cover all the expenses related to their task and give them a thank you note at the very least.

4 Things To Leave To The Professional

From our experience, these four tasks should be done by professional if at all possible.

  • Catering  |  Catering isn’t just cooking.  It is planning, storing, preparing, transporting and cleaning up food on a large scale.  Professionals have the experience, equipment, and employees to make sure delicious food is safely prepared, served in a timely manner and presented beautifully.  This allows all your family and friends to enjoy the event without having to replenish trays or worry about washing dishes.
  • Photography  |  Good wedding photos preserve the memory of your wedding day in a beautiful way.  They capture the look and feel of the day for you to revisit and share with others for years to come.  Professional photographers catch once-in-a-lifetime moments and all the details that make your day unique and worth remembering.
  • Floral Design  |   Flowers play a huge role in the overall aesthetic of your event.  Florists have access to a larger variety of quality blooms at lower prices than the average person.  Good florist are also equipped to properly handle and arrange flowers, a perishable material, so they will look their best for your event.
  • Day of Coordination  |  It takes a very organized and authoritative person to manage an event.  When emotions are high and so many elements are coming together, a professional event coordinator is able to control the chaos.  It is a lot to ask of a friend or family member to take on this task. And we never, ever recommend that the bride be the point person for the wedding day.

3 Things to D.I.Y.

Any wedding task may end up being a D.I.Y. task, but it really depends on what skills you, your family and your friends have.  Here are the top three things we think you could consider doing yourself.

  • Hair & Makeup  |  You may not need to hire a hair and makeup artist if you are a bride wanting a simple, natural look.  Everyone has family or a friend that is obsessed with hair and makeup and would love to help out.  Just make sure you do a trial run a few weeks before the wedding so that you look exactly how you want on your wedding day.
  • Music  |  For some people music at their wedding is a big deal, but for others, it isn’t.  If you fall into the latter category then maybe you could get away with not hiring a DJ.  There are plenty of places that rent sound equipment and tell you how to use it.  All you’ll need is a playlist and someone you trust to control the microphone and timing. Particularly for the ceremony.
  • Cake  |  Right now it is common for couples to have a small cake to cut then serve other desserts (cupcakes, sheet cake, cookies, etc.) to their guests.  I think it is a great idea to have a D.I.Y. cake if you want something simple and small.  Go with a professional though if you want a bigger, more elaborate tiered cake.

We love hearing from you!  Comment below with other D.I.Y. tips.  If you’re planning a wedding with the help of lots of family and friends, you may also find it helpful to read our post on Wedding Weekend Helpers.

*Feature image by Cassie Lopez Photography